Trying more calipers

My callipers
My calipers

Long time readers of this blog my remember that I tried wearing calipers as an alternative to splints a couple of years ago.

While they were better for me in some ways, like I could get them on and off myself, I blistered quite badly if I wore them for too long and so in the end I went back to my splints.

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My first physio appointment of the year

So I had my first physio appointment of the year last week and it went just like I hoped it would.

Since getting a new splint for my left foot sometime last month I was really pleased when I could tell right away that it was a million miles better than the last one I had.

Although I’m still building up the amount of time I can wear it in one go, I can have it on for a few hours now before I feel the need to take it back again.

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Some good news

I had a lovely surprise when I went to see the physio this week and she said that she was pretty pleased with the way that my ankles and legs were feeling in terms of muscle tightness. I was worried that they might have stiffened up a bit since the last time I saw her but she seemed pretty happy with them when she did my stretches so I was impressed. I decided to take that as a good sign. I guess my day splints and my night splints must be doing some good.

The day splint I wear on my left foot is still feeling a little tighter than I want it to and is rubbing a bit, although it hasn’t blistered me or anything so that’s good. It just makes my foot a little red in places so I’m going to go back and see my orthotist so he can tweak it a little more for me. I’ve been back about this a couple of times now, and I can tell that we’re almost there with it but I know that it’s important that we keep going until it feels as comfy as the one I wear on my right foot does.

It’s no one’s fault that I have to keep going back, it just happens sometimes.

I’m willing to continue having adjustments made a little bit at a time until we get there.

 

Well, I’ve been buying more socks

Believe it or not, I’ve actually managed to expand my huge sock collection that I’ve blogged about so often. I have ones of all different kinds for when my feet get cold, for sleeping in, and for when I’m wearing splints. Turns out I didn’t have as many of type number three as I thought, though…

Now that I’m starting to wear splints again, I found that I didn’t have any long socks that come up to, or over my knees. I didn’t realise this until I actually went looking for them in my sock drawer and my excess sock bag and found that I only had two pairs left! I was quite surprised by this because when I used to have splints before, a lot of the socks I owned were long because I wore my splints of often. I don’t really like the feeling of the splint against my bare skin, and I sometimes find that it gets on my nerves if I’ve been walking round in them all day. Having longer socks that came up my lower leg to around my knee made them more comfortable for me, and if the socks came over my knees I would just roll that part back down over the top of the splint, if that makes sense. I find that tights are good too.

 

Over time I guess the ones I used to have all got worn out and had to be thrown away, so I decided that I should probably buy some more.

Although now my sock collection is taking up a drawer, a bag, and has now started to progress into taking up room in a storage box too! Not that that will ever stop me buying any more. I like them all too much for that! And, I’ll still need all my shorter ones for days when I’m not wearing splints and my thicker ones for when it gets cold, right?

At least I should be able to wear these new ones as matching pairs for a while at least. That said, I did buy them in a couple of different styles and patterns so they will probably end up being worn as odd at some point…

My night splints

My night splints
My night splints

When I got my new night/resting splints last week, I was surprised at just how similar they look to the ones that I wear during the day, well, in my opinion at least.

I didn’t know what to expect from these ones. I’ve had a type of night splints before but I was told that they would be different to those, so it was a bit like watching somebody unwrapping a present when they got taken out of the bag at my appointment.

They do look slightly different, though. As you can see from these pictures,

My day splints
My day splints

the resting/night ones are white, while I chose to have black ones during the day. The night time ones also have more padding all along the inside, but you can’t tell that from the pictures , I don’t think, because it’s the same colour as the splint itself. I think they are a slightly different shape around the foot. When I tried them on at the appointment I was surprised at how comfy they seemed.

For a while, I spent some time just wearing them in sitting so that I could get used to how they felt before I decided to try them overnight, which I did last night.

I still can’t quite get them on myself, so my mum helped me out before I went to sleep. It took me a little bit of time to get comfortable, but once I did, I don’t think they disturbed my shut eye. I think that wearing these splints in bed might take a bit of getting used to, but hopefully it won’t take too long.

I managed to keep them on for a few hours before I needed to get up in the middle of the night. At this point I had to take them off again because they don’t have any grips on the bottom for walking in. I can take them off by myself, but I haven’t found a way to be able to get them on yet so I’ll have to experiment to try find one. My day splints don’t have grips on either, but I wear these with shoes because they are for during the day when I’m moving around. The night splints are to wear at bedtime, or for periods when I’m going to be sat resting rather than moving.

Hopefully, I’ll manage to put these on by myself soon, but until then I didn’t fancy waking anyone else up to help me with them again because I think it was about 2am at this point, and I don’t think anyone would’ve been best pleased with me. In the end, I decided to keep them off for the rest of the night because my feet were starting to feel like they getting to the point where they’d had enough for one day anyway. When I did remove them, I could tell that’d I’d had been wearing them though, in a good way.

I guess I’ll just have to get into the habit of taking a glass of water to bed with me until I can manage to put them on for myself.

I’m going to try and spent a couple of hours sat in them today while I’m at the computer or something to make up for the time that I didn’t have them on.